The general form of the flat file is shown in Fig. 2213, while the cross-sections of various quadrangular files are shown in Figs.
A flat file should be used for the purpose, first a heavy rough one, for the first cutting.
The ragged edges of glass vessels may also be thus easily smoothed by a flat file.
The upper ends of plate lugs may be cleaned with a flat file, knife., or wire brush.
operating system, storage
A single file containing flat ASCII representing or encoding some structure, e.g. a database, tree or network.
Flat files can be processed with general purpose tools such as Perl and text editors but are less efficient than binary files if they must be parsed repeatedly by a program. Flat files are more portable between different operating systems and application programs than binary files, and are more easily transmitted in electronic mail.
See also flatten, sharchive.